Indeed. Cardinals have a handful of center fielders, however. And Mercado would not hit cleanup for them, either.
I'm not sure I heard that description in a quote. I'll have to check. Lane Thomas is a solid prospect, underrated prospect. That's the description that should be noted.
There's time for that to be addressed. Flaherty did not want it used against him later that he accepted their offer when he felt he was worth more. He took a stand on his worth, commented on it, discussed it, and let the Cardinals know how they should approach discussions in the future. There's not friction today that cannot be smoothed over by the time an extension should be discussed.
He was, by many measures, the team's best all-around player in 2019.
Well, the facts just don't line up with your premise. The team would welcome Ozuna back on a one-year deal for $17.8 million. They would take that in a second and would happy to have him.
Thanks, Jacob. It's an overwhelming amount of questions already flowing into the chat. So, here's hoping I can make a dent in them because there are many good ones here.
The CBA has two more years to go. There's always the chance it to open, and there will be negotiations even in this coming season for the new CBA. Both sides know how much money is at stake, and they're both doing well as a result. There will be acrimony. There will be saucy exchanges. There will be friction and fallout and definitely hurt feelings. But neither side wants a repeat of the 1994 debacle. Too costly. The game is too prosperous.
No. My son is in school. I don't have a brother.
Oh, so many. So, so so many. Odorizzi could be in that bind with the QO. We'll see if Ozuna gets the action he thinks he will from other teams with a QO attached to him. Strasburg could be bound for that -- except for the likelihood he will head back from whence he came, Washington.
Interesting question. It is not, no. Off the top of my head, there were several different expansions through the years. It was a few years after Luhnow came aboard that they doubled the size of the department, and there was the wave of hires that brought Correa into the group. Before that there was the generation that had Girsch as part of the additions. So there have been three, four times when they've expanded the group. Heck, they just had one expansion of it not too long ago. This is just the biggest step as far as modernizing the intake of data, the access to data, and the ability to hire people to interpret and implement the data -- not just collect and organize it.
Hard to imagine Ozuna being keen on taking that.
They don't have one. They want to see what he offers in spring first. They're not putting the tail ahead of the comet at this point.
Great question. There has been something of a shift for them now that they've emerged from the penalty box. It's been a long time since they had the big rush to spend on the opening of the market. They've spread it out over the length of the market. There are a few players still unsigned from this year's class. The Cardinals have learned through the years that they're best when they acquire the mid-range player at greater numbers, increase their odds of acquiring a top talent, or developing one. It's something that they thought about after acquiring and seeing Taveras' advancement and retracing those steps for how they identified and signed him. And it has been something of a shift away from the De La Cruz blockbusters to targeting more players at the lower octave.
Have to step away briefly here for a conversation. Please be patient.
Alright. Let's dig back in. Thanks for hanging with me.
It is not completely out of the question. The team has some leverage here. It can tell the players that there won't be playing time, won't be a role, won't be what they want other than a paycheck if they return, and would they be open to the team finding another spot for them, one that might be more agreeable. That is something that the team obviously did with Leake when it was mutually frustrating, and he waived his no-trade to go to Seattle and get somewhat closer to home, and definitely the spring training in Arizona that he wanted. Now he's got what he wants with living in Arizona, with the Diamondbacks. It would take that kind of conversation with Fowler and Carpenter. Where do they want to be? Can the Cardinals make that happen? Do the Cardinals want to stomach the cost of making that happen? At this point, the answer is no to that last question and specifically Carpenter has expressed zero interest in going elsewhere. Fowler affirmed his interest in finishing out his contract with the Cardinals after their discussion a year ago at this time.
Not that I can see. Not as of today. This seems like an odd thing to chase for them.